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Publishing a Public Site (and have it show in search listings)

I am ready to publish my site…but think I must be doing something wrong. I click on publish, have the webflow domain checked, click publish…but then can’t find my site when I do a search. I don’t get an error message…literally nothing comes up besides my LinkedIn and my webflow forum conversations. I am COMPLETELY new at this…is publishing not the same as going live on the web? I watched the tutorial video but did not get that “congratulations you are live” message…rather it just says it was published within the publishing box.
Thank you!!

It’s gonna take a lot more work to get you ranked on google. You have to add metadata and tags into your site and it also takes time. It will not just pop up instantly. Companies pay SEO people loads of money to do this, it is not an easy task.

Ah! I get it. But even if I put in the exact website it does not come up. If people want to access my site…how do they get there if they can’t even get there with the exact address?

Hi @kbl1020, thanks for the post. First, the site in question,, is using a Webflow domain, not a custom domain. Is this what you want, or do you want to use your own custom domain?

To use a custom domain, you need to have a paid membership in Webflow, Micro plan or higher. You can of course submit your site to the search engines as if you so choose. I can see the site is published from Webflow, so everything in Webflow seems to be working correctly.

I would suggest that you create an account with Google Webmaster Tools, so that you can submit your site for indexing in Google. How long your site will appear in search results will depend on the type of content on your site, and how relevant the material on your subject matter is. There are other factors too, but basically having content that can be indexed by Google is a good first step.

Once you have an account with Google Webmaster Tools, you can submit your site, either using the Webflow domain, or a custom domain, if you upgrade to a paid plan.

I hope this helps, cheers, Dave


Thanks Dave! I did as you suggested and submitted through Google Webmaster. Does the SEO info that I can add through Webflow have any impact on my “searchability” in google?

Hi @kbl1020, thanks for the followup. Yes, the SEO Title and Description and Keywords are all important. Google also looks at the content on your site, to see that it is relevant to the site. Those are SEO features are important for sure, but not the end of the story.

SEO can be tricky, and it is a good idea to perhaps contact an SEO professional or continue to ask for tips on the forum :slight_smile: There is also a lot of good tips online for SEO, and third party SEO services that can be used.

I am not an SEO professional myself, but there are many here on the forum who probably are that can give you some good suggestions :smile:

Cheers, Dave

Hi @kbl1020, not 100% sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but Google’s Fetch As tool is useful:

Apologize in advance if I’m way off :slight_smile:

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Hey @thewonglv…thank you! Checking it out now. :smile: